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Cracking a lobster

How to Handle and Eat Lobster

June 25, 2014

The below information was provided by the Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative and originally appeared here.

Handling Lobster

Whole Lobster CookedIdeally, live lobsters should be cooked the same day they are delivered. However, they can be kept for an additional 2 days if handled properly. Live lobster can be kept in an open or ventilated container such as a cardboard box in the refrigerator for up to 48 hours. Wrap the lobster in seaweed or damp newspaper to keep it moist.

DO NOT keep live lobster in an airtight container.
DO NOT store live lobster on ice or immersed in tap water.

Whole cooked lobster and lobster meat can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Cooked lobster can be frozen for later use. Simply wrap lobster individually and tightly in plastic wrap, then place in a heavy-duty freezer bag, expel all air and place in freezer until needed.

Eating Whole Lobster

Whether you are a long-time Maine lobster lover, or you’re preparing to take your first crack at it, here are a few tips for maximum enjoyment.





1. Put on the bib. (water can squirt at the least expected moment not to mention that you will feel years younger)

2. Twist off the claws.

3. Crack each claw and knuckle with a lobster or nut cracker. Remove the meat.

4. Separate the tail from the body and break off the tail flippers. Extract the meat from each flipper.

5. Insert a fork and push the tail meat out in one piece. Remove and discard the black vein that runs the entire length of the tail meat.

6. Separate the shell of the body from the underside by pulling them apart and discard the green substance called the tomalley.

7. Open the underside of the body by cracking it apart in the middle, with the small walking legs on either side. Extract the meat from the leg joints and the legs themselves by biting down on the leg and squeezing the meat out with your teeth.

8. Use the wet napkins to clean up.

9. Enjoy your Maine lobster!!!